Celebrating the New Liquor Laws

Oklahoma’s new alcohol laws will take effect Monday, October 1. I’ve gotten several press releases and event invites celebrating the new liquor laws and I’ve rounded them up in this article.

Quick summary of some of the changes taking effect:
– Brewers’ taprooms can stay open longer
– Liquor stores can sell other items, such as mixers, up to 20 percent of monthly sales
– Cold beer at stores
– Happy hour discounts on drinks
– At restaurants, you can get drinks like mimosas earlier (previously had to wait until 10 am to sell)

Beer, Wine Selection to be unveiled by COOP and Homeland on MondayHomeland
1108 NW 18th Street, Oklahoma City

With the legalization of beer and wine sales set to take effect in Oklahoma on October 1, locally-owned craft brewery COOP Ale Works and Homeland grocery store are celebrating with an unveiling of the new, fully-stocked aisles featuring a cutting of the mesh cover to commemorate the first sales in the state. Join the Homeland at 1108 NW 18th Street in Oklahoma City from 6 am to 7 am for the cutting of the mesh cover over the stocked beer and wine areas.
Oak & Ore Toasts New Happy Hour with Special GuestsOak & Ore
1732 NW 16TH Street, Oklahoma City

raft beer bar Oak & Ore kicks off its first official Happy Hour at 4 p.m., Monday, October 1, in celebration of the effective date of Oklahoma’s new liquor laws. The Happy Hour will feature food and drink specials and a special toast by Sen. Stephanie Bice, co-author of the new alcohol legislation.

Oklahoma’s new alcohol laws will take effect Monday, Oct. 1, allowing bars and restaurants to observe “true” happy hours, with discounts and other differentiated pricing at any time of their choosing. Previously, any reduced prices on drinks were required to be honored during all business hours for a full week. These changes are part of the 2016 legislation that now allows for the sale of full-strength refrigerated beer and wine in grocery, convenience, and liquor stores.

Oak & Ore’s Happy Hour will take place every week, Monday through Thursday, from 4-6 p.m. and from 9 p.m.-close. Oak & Ore’s happy hour specials will include $1 off all Oklahoma-made beer, a rotating $4 featured beer special, $6 cocktails, and a special bar food menu. For October 1, the specials will run from 4 p.m. until closing time as part of the statewide celebrations observing the new laws.

A toast from Senator Stephanie Bice will be part of the kickoff at the popular Plaza District restaurant.

“Senator Bice has been such an advocate for the state’s independent brewing industry,” said Micah Andrews, owner of Oak & Ore. “I’m honored to have her as a guest on the day when so much of her hard work finally pays off.”

“It’s been a long time coming, and I think the public will start to see very positive growth at their favorite bars, breweries, and stores.”

Bricktown Brewery Celebrates Octoberfest with BricktoberfestFor the fifth consecutive year, Bricktown Brewery will be celebrating Octoberfest with its popular tarnished bronze lager style beer they dubbed Bricktoberfest, only this year’s brew will be bigger and better than ever.

The Bricktoberfest tapping party is scheduled for Monday, October 1st in Downtown – and – all the other restaurants on the Oklahoma City area tap Bricktoberfest on Thursday, October 4th. “This year we upped our game and we are making this a much bigger beer,” said Bricktown’s Brewmaster, Cory Grey.

“Bricktoberfest features well-kilned malt that produces the beautiful color and caramelized flavor.”

“Since we’re celebrating Octoberfest,” Grey continued, “we want our beer to be as authentic as possible. A traditional Oktoberfest brewed with an authentic Bavarian yeast strain, this will be balanced and fit perfectly with the changing seasonal temperature.”

Prohibition PartyThe Skirvin Hilton
1 Park Ave, Oklahoma City

Oklahoma finally ended prohibition on the sale of alcohol in the state in 1959, but, unfortunately, did not legalize happy hours. On October 1, 2018, celebrate the end of this ban! In 1959, The Skirvin was the place to party when prohibition ended and on October 1, The Skirvin will do it all again! Join The Skirvin at the Red Piano Lounge to celebrate the end of happy hour prohibition!

– Free appetizers from chef Aaron Miles of the Park Avenue Grill
– $2 well drinks, Domestics and select Imports
– $3 Robert Mondavi Private Select wines
– $1 Champagne, Mimosas and Kir Royales

The Prohibition Party takes place from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

New Laws, Who dis?Stonecloud Brewing Company
1012 NW 1st Street, Oklahoma City

Stonecloud Brewing Company is celebrating the new liquor laws with beer deals all week from October 1st through the 7th starting with $4 pints of Astrodog IPA, Neon Sunshine, and Havana Affair. Taco Nation OKC is just as excited about the law changes and will be partying with Stonecloud on Tuesday and Thursday 5-9pm. They are bringing $2 deals to you each day. (Click here to read a recent Food Truck Q&A session with Taco Nation.)
Budweiser Clydesdales TourThe Budweiser Clydesdales are touring the Oklahoma City Metro area at the following locations and dates:

OCT. 1: 9 am: State Capitol, 2300 North Lincoln
OCT. 3: 2-5:45 p.m.: WalMart, 2200 West Danforth, Edmond
OCT. 4: 3-5 p.m.: Byron’s Liquor Warehouse, 2322 North Broadway
OCT. 4: 6-8 p.m.: Midwest Liquor, 2301 South Douglas Suite 120, Midwest City
OCT. 5: 3-6:45 p.m.: Crest Foods, 10601 South May


Check back as this article may be updated with new events happening throughout the week.

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Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Owner and Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma. In short, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories for books, movies, and shows. More about my projects are at DennisSpielman.com

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